Studying medicinal herbs with a local expert

Who knew that 1 kg blocks of vegetable fat could be so effective for treating congestion? Wait.  I’ll back up. We had a guest speaker at Friday’s  community health worker (promotora) training — Oscar Olazabal, who  works for the Ollantaytambo municipality, shared his expertise in natural medicines.  We met him at a general assembly a…

Promotoras share their knowledge with Patacancha weaving cooperative

This weekend, our promotoras (community health workers) from Patacancha made a presentation to weavers in the nearby town of Rumira. The weavers are part of a cooperative run by Threads of Peru. Promotora Victoria shared her knowledge of back pain treatment and prevention, and promotor Gabriel demonstrated tooth brushing and hand washing skills and explained…

Meeting with “Programas Juntos” as we expand to new communities

During the month of July, Sacred Valley Health has been building ties with additional communities for the expansion of our promotora (community health worker) program. We’ve partnered with the Chilca posta (government outpost clinic) where Rosa, the Director of Prevention and Community Health Promotion, has continued to be a valuable resource in introducing our program…

A two day health campaign in Phiry

A few weeks ago we were visited by Cerafin, the director of the elementary school in Phiry. He had caught wind of our health campaigns in other schools and asked us to extend our resources and knowledge to his students. Although we do not yet have a promotora program in his community, we were excited…

General assemblies in our new communities

One of the most important traditions in the communities we serve is the general assembly. Most communities have one every month and each family is required to send a representative or else pay a fine. At these assemblies, the community as a whole discusses important issues like irrigation planning and greenhouses. These meetings represent something…